Ryan Grigson took a hit when his right hand man in the Indianapolis front office, Tom Telesco, was hired as the general manager of the San Diego Chargers.
“Tom will be great in San Diego,” said ESPN analyst Bill Polian, who ran the Colts before Grigson took over last year and worked closely with Telesco. “The organization fits him and they have a quarterback (in Philip Rivers) which none of the other new GMs have. He will be sorely missed by the Colts because he was the only experienced football administrator.”
To replace Telesco, Grigson has hired a former member of the Chargers front office who competed with Telesco for the Chargers job.
And Jimmy Raye gives the Colts an experienced football administrator.
Raye has 18 years of NFL experience, including the last 17 with the Chargers. He served as San Diego’s director of player personnel from 2008-2012, overseeing the team’s professional and college scouting departments while assisting on player personnel matters.
“We’re excited to be adding someone as high caliber as Jimmy Raye to the Colts organization,” said Grigson said in a statement. “He has a strong football pedigree, is highly intelligent, and is a top notch evaluator along with being a great human being. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with him this offseason as we hit the ground running into free agency, the draft, and beyond.”
Raye worked as a scout and as director of college scouting with the Chargers before he was elevated to director of player personnel. He was offensive quality control coach for the Kansas City Chief in 1995.